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AGRIBUZZ WITH DAVID LEYONHJELM
Chooks ignored in argument over free range egg labelling
BE ALERT and alarmed – Australian governments are determined to regulate the egg market.
Kidman decision not a smart one
THERE is nothing intelligent about the decision to ban the sale of cattle stations to foreign investors.
Levy system must be accountable
IT IS inherently unfair to be required to pay for a system but have no say in how it works - welcome to the world of agricultural levies.
End the squabbling over free range
TO scramble the metaphors, various thin-shelled types are running around like headless chooks over free-range eggs, proclaiming the sky will fall.
The budget: a liberal solution
IT IS within the government's power to deliver a budget surplus, and it's the government's responsibility to do so, says DAVID LEYONHJELM.
Farmers must 'destroy' PETA
THE PETA campaign against the wool industry signals a new episode in the organisation’s long-standing crusade to demonise the industry.
FIRB 'screen' locks out investors
NEW foreign investment rules for agricultural land purchases will choke farm sales in red tape, says DAVID LEYONHJELM.
The ethical dilemma
IF everyone decided investing in agriculture was unethical, we would soon run out of food - so which fund manager should we eat first?
Dumb and dumber: the raw facts
IT SEEMS astonishing that people choose to reject the very science that can save their lives.
When the price is right
SOME farmers yearn for the power to set the price of their products. It’s a yearning that leads to calls for subsidies and forced collectivism.
Digging a money pit
DROUGHT assistance schemes should not be considered unless they can be shown to succeed where others have failed, says DAVID LEYONHJELM.
'Luddites' stifling free choice
ANYTHING animal activists chooses to define as ‘industrial’ farming can expect to be targeted as retailers listen to the loudest voices.
No need to copy Kiwis
THE Productivity Commission is the first to acknowledge that the grass is greener on the other side of the Tasman. But they mean it literally.
Farming's fair weather friends
THERE are many people who, despite having trouble identifying which end of a sheep eats grass, nonetheless claim to be totally on side with farmers.
Speak up about levies
IN case you have not heard, a Senate committee is inquiring into how levies are imposed, collected and used.
Co-opting the co-ops
THE rest of the country might be embracing free market capitalism, but in agriculture the lure of socialism is never far from the surface.
Taxation with representation
WHEN I moved to disallow regulations to increase certain ag levies, you would think it signalled the end of the world as we know it.
Bringing democracy back to ag levies
IN July I moved a motion to prevent an increase in certain levies - my aim is to bring about long overdue reform of all ag levies.
What’s in a bowl?
APPARENTLY - says Barnaby Joyce - it’s not OK to describe Australia’s agricultural future as “the food bowl of Asia”.
Price takers not 'rulemakers'
IT IS common to hear it said that farmers are price takers, leading to claims that they therefore warrant special consideration.
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See how was at the annual event on April 22.
Dairy Innovation Day, Busselton, May 4
The cattle industry would not exist but for foreign investment.
Not only are most levy payers never consulted, nobody even knows who most of them are.
Various thin-shelled types are running around like headless chooks over free-range eggs
The case for spending restraint and a rapid return to surplus is as strong as ever
I went to the State barrier fence coastal - end yesterday - and was appalled at the state of
Wild dogs on funding schemes’ radar
The days of DAFWA having the bulk of GRDC funding in WA are long gone, they can't even
Grains research hangs in the balance
In a domestic market situation I can see why this would be supported but in a 90% export market
Wheat wars continue
Agrium expands its tech base
23 Jun 17
LANDMARK’S Canadian farm services and crop products parent Agrium Inc has bought another Australian venture, the...
Farming optimism riding high
21 Jun 17
IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their...
Profit down, but rebounding Nufarm is seeking acquisitions
Bayer’s $88b Monsanto merger bites Aussie cotton R&D
Agrium merger makes super-sized fertiliser parent for Landmark
China’s Rifa pays $55m to beef up its NSW estate
GrainCorp syndicate withdraws from CBH bid
Chinese buy into live shipper Wellard
NZ crop tech firm eyes ASX listing
China’s ag investment rush leaves us for Brazil
Tweets from @FarmOnline/fairfax-rural-reporters
China has followed through with flagged plans to resume importing United States beef, lifting a ban that has existed since mad cow disease was found in the States in 2003.
Indonesia has relaxed its trade restrictions on secondary beef cuts, re-opening a market that was worth $42 million to Australian exporters two years ago.
The recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
While the favourable season is spurring lamb prices and providing more marketing options for producers, livestock agents are concerned rates are reaching unsustainable levels.
There will be more cases of sclerotinia in canola in areas that do not traditionally have problems with the disease due to the wet spring.
Chickpea prices have jumped $30 to $50 a tonne above global market values as farmers caught with soggy crops look for alternative grain supplies to fulfill their forward contract commitments.
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